News From Terre Haute, Indiana

November 25, 2011

Swope celebrates the holidays with trunk show during ‘Miracle’ event

Ruthann Brady
Special to the Tribune-Star

TERRE HAUTE — The Swope Art Museum, located at 25 S. Seventh St., will offer special opportunities and events just in time for the holidays on Dec. 2 at “A Holiday Spectacle.”

The event is planned in conjunction with Downtown Terre Haute’s Miracle on 7th Street. The event is free and will be open from 5 to 9 p.m.

Visitors will be able to listen to Indiana State University student playwrights read plays that have been inspired by works of art in the Swope’s collection; at 8 p.m. go on tours of “Reimagining the Distaff Toolkit” with Swope curator Elizabeth (Lisa) Petrulis; and enjoy a cash bar and complimentary treats all evening. New play readings are planned for 7 p.m.

From 5 to 7 p.m. the Sycamore Tree-O! will perform. The trio consists of Indiana State University music majors Nathan Rainey (horn), Katie Richard (oboe) and Jessie Forthun (piano).

Holiday shoppers will appreciate the chance to cross names off their lists by purchasing original items from the vendors in the museum’s fourth annual trunk show. The museum’s 70th Anniversary 2012 calendars will be available for purchase.

Six artisans from across Indiana will present a variety of unique items including handmade jewelry, hot blown glass, holiday cards and personal items. There will gift ideas for every budget and price range. Vendors include:

• Christy Rose of KB Shimmer: scented soaps and luxurious bath items

• Edith Acton: fused glass jewelry and ornaments

• Jai Dean and Suzanne Overton of ZanJai: jewelry, original art, and other gifts

• Hot Blown Glass: Decorative and functional glass by Lisa Pelo

• Onye Ndika Gifts: bead jewelry and gift items

•  Steven Gilbert Arts & Designs: Hand-rendered holiday cards, hand-painted decorative pieces

The Swope Art Museum houses one of the Midwest’s premier collections of American painting, sculpture and works on paper.

Edward Hopper, Andy Warhol, Thomas Hart Benton, Grant Wood, Charles Burchfield, George Bellows, George Luks, John Sloan, Mary Fairchild MacMonnies, Harriet Frishmuth, Frederick MacMonnies, Anna Hyatt Huntington and Robert Rauschenberg are all represented in the Swope’s collection, which spans the early 19th century to the present.

For more information contact the Swope Art Museum at (812) 238-1676 or visit www.swope.org.